9/11: THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY

It has been 15 years since the planes were flown into the World Trade Center towers. It has been 15 years since so many people have lost their lives and risked their lives to bring trapped and frightened people to safety:  those first responders who came to the rescue to save those in peril, those who were able to escape, those who were trapped by the flames that some of them leapt to their deaths to escape a death of fiery immolation.

Jason Thomas, first responder to the scene, who saved many.

 

Regina Wilson, Black firefighter of Engine 219 fire station in Brooklyn, New York, who saved many.

 

The WTC towers falling.

It has been 15 years since the crashing of United Airlines Flight #93, when the passengers fought to take back the plane from the hijackers.

Ceecee Lyles
dot.gifUnited Airlines flight attendant. Former police officer, 33, Fort Myers, Fla. (Family photo).  Husband, Lorne; sons, Jerome Smith, 16, Jevon Castrillo, 6, Justin Lyles, 11, Jordan Lyles, 9.
She was working in the rear section of Flight 93

Ceecee Lyles of United Airlines Flight #93.

It has been 15 years since I first heard of the incident at approximately 9:20 AM, Central Standard Time.

Many people were walking around with tears in their eyes after hearing about the attack on TV and radio.

When I found out what had happened, my immediate thought to myself was that once again, the chickens have come home to roost.

America cannot lie to itself anymore about the legacy of imperialism it has caused around the world.

America cannot lie about the destabilization of foreign governments via the CIA, the Iran-Contra-oil-for-weapons fiasco, the attack on the tiny nation of Grenada, the toppling of legitimate governments to institute dictators who danced to America’s puppet master marionette control.

American cannot lie about helping to keep in place the juntas, dictators, the warlords———-and all those who tortured those citizens who challenged them.

America cannot lie about the invasions across the world, the Spanish-America War, when it fought in the Philippines,

Illustration on the cover of Puck magazine published on April 6, 1901, on America’s victory in the Spanish-American War of 1898.  SOURCE

Victor Gillam, A Thing Well Begun Is Half Done 1899.  A satirical political cartoon reflecting America’s imperial ambitions following the Spanish-American War of 1898.  SOURCE

The taking of the Kingdom of Hawaii from the native people, and the dethroning of the rightful monarch, Queen Lili’uokalani,

Queen Lili’uokalani.

USS Boston landing force, 1893 (PP-36-3-002).jpg

The landing force of the USS Boston, at the time of the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, January 1893.

The invasion of Haiti,

Caricature showing Uncle Sam lecturing four children labelled Philippines, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Cuba, in front of children holding books labelled with various U.S. states. The caption reads: “School Begins. Uncle Sam (to his new class in Civilization): Now, children, you’ve got to learn these lessons whether you want to or not! But just take a look at the class ahead of you, and remember that, in a little while, you will feel as glad to be here as they are!” SOURCE

The United States invaded Haiti in July, 1915 to stop the spread of democracy to Haiti. America occupied Haiti until 1942, because the American government considered Haitians as less than human and thus were incapable of governing themselves with the government they already had in place.

The invasion of Chile and the toppling of the government from a United States-backed coup d’état that overthrew the elected socialist Unidad Popular government of President Salvador Allende, thereby ending civilian rule, on September 11, 1973, with Pinochet’s government killing at least 3,197 people and torturing about 29,000.

Photo of Augusto Pinochet with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1976.  SOURCE

The Iraq War from 2003 to 2010, with the invasion of Iraq, based on the so-called weapons of mass destruction , resulting in the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi civilians and numerous severe crippling injuries.

A disabled 28-year-old Iraqi woman lost both of her legs during combat operations (May 7, 2006)  SOURCE

On and on, through the years, decades, and centuries, America has bullied itself into the hearts, minds, and lives of millions of people the world over. America has been the Ugly America, time and time again.

Time and time again, America has made enemies and did not stop to pause and consider the effect her actions of military might have done to so many.

The event of 9/11 cost the lives of many innocent people who woke up that day to go to work, take time out for their lunch break, probably hoping to get off work early to take in a movie, arrive home safely to their families to help their children with their homework, or just to kick off their shoes and catch their TV program they had been waiting all week to see.

No.

For them, that day of September 11, 2001, that was to be the last day they saw the Sun rise on their lives.

Those many who perished on that day are gone from this world.

Through the years, many Americans would come to ask the following questions:

“Why did this happen?”

“How could they do this to us?”

“Why do they hate us so much?”

The answers have always been there all along.

Those who run this nation with a callous disregard towards those outside America has built up many enemies because of its military, economic and cultural imperialism.

For centuries, America’s imperialism has imperiled her own citizens.

For centuries, America’s elected officials through the years have lied to their citizens as to why some such endeavor or another had to be undertaken, the consequences be damned.

Because of America’s greed, racism, jingoism and blind allegiance to might-makes-right———

———so many on that September day 0f 9/11,  lost their lives.

 

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